Soliciting nifty ideas for a big birthday

Guess who’s celebrating a milestone birthday on Tuesday?

My Beloved is turning an age that rhymes with nifty.

A lot has changed in 50 years. Here’s a look at the world in August of 1962:

  • Beatles drummer Pete Best was fired and replaced by Ringo Starr. Bob Dylan and Chubby Checker were popular singers.
  • Actress Marilyn Monroe, 36, was found dead in her home from an overdose, and famed Major League Baseball pitcher Roger Clemens was born. Brian Piccolo, a running back for the Chicago Bears whose battle with cancer would be dramatized in the 1971 “Brian’s Song,” was playing college football in North Carolina.
  • Abortion was illegal, and John F. Kennedy was president, very much alive. Events in August led to the conflagration that eventually became the Cuban Missile Crisis later in the year.
  • Nelson Mandela was arrested in South Africa, and lost his freedom for more than 27 years, serving time in prison until February 1990. Mandela would be elected the first black president of South Africa in 1994.
  • Cost of a first class stamp was 4 cents. A gallon of milk? Forty-nine cents.

Keep your over-the-hill jokes to yourself. I detest those black sentiments. Being over the hill is far preferable to being under the hill, in my estimation. I only met him five and half years ago, so I’m convinced all those years before our couplehood were relatively sub par — the best of life is ahead.

A milestone like this deserves not black partyware and balloons, but fanfare and celebration. I’m entertaining any ideas here for birthday gifts, special treats and other ways of making my Beloved’s day special. Got any ideas?

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7 responses to “Soliciting nifty ideas for a big birthday

  1. sheenaeastonwannabe

    “A milestone like this deserves not black partyware and balloons, but fanfare and celebration.”
    Amen! Turning fifty is an amazing accomplishment, one that should be celebrated out loud and for the world to see. Can’t say that I know of anything over the top, but for my hubby’s 40th I rented the top floor of our favorite Irish Pub, invited 50 of our closest friends (some from far away) and had one hell of a celebration. So worth it. I think no matter how you choose to celebrate it with him he will love it. Keep us posted.

  2. Oh, come on! The black balloons are de rigueur!

    When my (ex-)wife turned 40 I conspired with her co-workers to fill (and I mean FILL) her office with black balloons, have a surprise black cake delivered (decorated like a cemetery) and had a singing telegram show up dressed as death.

    That evening I told her to put on her LBD (Little Black Dress) and to hurry up, because the limo would be here any moment. Said limo took us to one of the really fancy restaurants for an incredible dinner (ostrich appetizers and the best steaks we’d ever had). After dinner they brought out the cake I’d arranged for that had something very special written on it.

    She still considers that the best birthday ever. Even if you just can’t do the black goodies, surprise is key. A limo is a treat. A restaurant you’d never otherwise visit is great, and you can arrange things with them before hand; most are pretty good about that.

  3. From experience: life is better after 50; but time sure does seem to go fast. So enjoy every day and celebrate often!
    P.S. I love your blog!! 🙂 Have to start one of my own very soon!
    P.P.S. I detest the black drama as well!

  4. I like the idea of a surprise…I wish someone would surprise me on my next birthday…I don’t think I’ve had one since my bridal shower, & I’ve been married for 34 years!!
    My husband’s big 65th is coming up and he doesn’t like surprises or crowds…just wants a regular “go-out-to-Sunday-dinner.”
    I’d like to see the suggestions you get here…I’m clueless!!

  5. It’s too late for this, but a friend of ours solicited photos and letters (as in pen and ink and stamps) of memories from as many people from her husband’s life as she could find. Then she made a scrapbook of all the replies. Some also called on the special day and some even bothered to fly in. It was wowie.
    My husband did this for me: got reservations on a small boat that has a restaurant and a dance floor, on a lake near us. It was grand at night, lighted and with coolish breezes, etc. Mmm. 🙂
    Have fun!
    Oh, and black can be classy, as in LBD’s and limos, above. 🙂 It’s a different way to go black . . .

  6. This is more the gag side – a membership to AARP. A nice one is a membership to a beer of the month club the one I had mailed me two six packs from two different craft breweries around the US every month.

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